Over half of Northern Ireland's electricity generated from renewables in 2022

1 March 2023

This is according to the latest 'Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland' report published by the Department for the Economy.

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The report states:

"For the 12 month period January 2022 to December 2022, 51.0% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents an increase of 9.7 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (January 2021 to December 2021) and is the second highest proportion on record with 51.6% achieved in the 12 month period December 2021 to November 2022."

It continues:

"In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between January 2022 and December 2022, some 7,494 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,825 GWh was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This is the second highest rolling 12 month renewable generation volume on record with 3,868 GWh renewably generated between December 2021 and November 2022."

The results of the report evidence the response of the energy sector in Northern Ireland in recent years as it seeks to meet targets of generating 80 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and ultimately to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Gravis Planning continue to work with our clients in this sector to ensure that the grid infrastructure and renewable assets are in place for these targets.

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